This gig update may look a little thin to you, but that’s because I am taking a couple of months off from touring (for the most part) so I can concentrate on a book project. Blair Jackson and I are collaborating on This is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, to be published next year by Flatiron Books.
I am also delighted to report that I’m playing more gigs at home! Phil Savell and I started doing some improvising, and quickly bolted on a very cool rhythm section: Zach Partain on bass, Neil Hampton on percussion. We’re playing roughly once a month at the Monkey House in Berkeley, and we’re starting to spread it around to other venues, too.
My old friend Bob Bralove and I have been doing improv gigs at the Bazaar in San Francisco, and Bob has joined the Monkey House crew a couple of times, too.
I am going out on the road this week, bound for the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival (Harrodsburg KY), Indianapolis, St Louis (two shows), and a very cool new event in Danville IL called the Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival.
I will hit Terrapin Hill again around Halloween for Snuggleween, hosted by my BFFs the Rumpke Mountain Boys.
Details on all the gigs below, and new gigs are posted at dgans.com/gigs.html as they are confirmed.
I intend to resume a busy schedule of touring as soon as the book is turned in, and I’ve already got quite a few firm commitments for 2015. Stay tuned.
Now, while I have your attention, I’d like to remind you that I have a newish CD on the market: Desert Wind, Rollin’ River is a 19-song collection of originals and Americana favorites by Eric Rawlins and me. Eric and I have been making music together for more than 20 years, mostly in private settings. We made a record together in 1997 called Home By Morning (which is also still available, of course). Desert Wind, Rollin’ River was recorded in my living room by Stephen Barncard, who is best known for recording the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and David Crosby’s …If I Could Only Remember My Name. The CD was mastered by Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering.
You can get the new CD and all my other releases at dgans.com/discography and also in the iTunes store, HDTracks.com, CDBaby.com, and other online retailers.
Desert Wind, Rollin’ River is a ridiculously good bargain: NINETEEN tracks for $14 (to US addresses)!!
Friday, September 5: Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival, Harrodsburg KY
Saturday, September 6, 8pm: Chilly Water Brewing Company, Indianapolis
Sunday, September 7, 7pm: The Focal Point St Louis MO
Tuesday, September 9: The Shanti, 825 Allen Ave., St Louis MO. DG performs and co-hosts the weekly open mic.
September 11-14: Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival near Danville IL
Thursday, September 18, 7:30-10pm: Improvisation at the Monkey House Theater in Berkeley: DG, Phil Savell, Zach Partain, Neil Hampton, and guest Joe Balestreri. $10-20 sliding scale. Email reservations@monkeyhousetheater for info/reservations.
Tuesday, September 23, 7-9:30pm: DG, Jeff Pehrson, Ira Marlowe, and Mario DeSio at the Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California Street (between 21st and 22nd Avenues), San Francisco
Wednesday, October 8: DG, Phil Savell, et al. at Second Act, Haight Street, SF CA
Thursday, October 9: DG, Phil Savell, et al. at the Monkey House, Berkeley CA
Saturday, October 18: Sweet Blossom String Band (DG, Roger Sideman, Jeff Hobbs, Jacob Groopman) perform at the Shakedown Street Festival. Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Fre! Music from noon til ? We play at 6pm
Wednesday, November 12, 9pm: DG joins Teja Gerken’s Guitar Showcase at the Sleeping Lady, Fairfax CA
Saturday, November 15, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers’ Market, Oakland CA
As always, I’m in the market for house concert opportunities. If you see an open spot on my schedule in your general vicinity, let’s try to make something happen! And remember: word of mouth is a gigantic part of musicians’ promotion and publicity these days, so if you like my music, please spread the word about my gigs and recordings.
Great thanks to Jim Dunlop Guitar Products for providing me with first-rate strings for all my guitars!
Thanks also to Rick Turner for creating the amazing guitar I play on tour, the Renaissance RS-6.